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AD Architecture School Guide: Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Most architecture schools around the world offer their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in separate tracks. That means that if students want to attain a Master’s degree, they first need to acquire a B.A. or B.S.,which usually takes five years. Altogether, this can be an expensive, eight-year endeavor that can subject students to crippling debt. One US report found that both undergraduate and graduate students can easily accumulate $100,000 in student loan debt, and another finds that “undergraduate students majoring in theology, architecture and history are much more likely to graduate with excessive debt,” compared to those pursuing math and the sciences.

Given these harsh realities, a school that combines both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a single, five-year program is a welcome option. Enter the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts‘ School of Architecture

Arkitema Wins Competition for a Visitor Centre at Hammershus

Danish practice Arkitema have won a prestigious competition to design a new visitor centre for Hammershus, a 13th century castle on the Danish coastline. The winning proposal demonstrates a "respect for the ancient monument and for the location", with "a discreet visitor centre of high architectural quality". The building is expected to serve around 500,000 visitors annually and will cost 45million DKK (approximately $8.2million). Find out more about the project after the break...

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VUC Syd / AART Architects + ZENI Architects

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BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum

BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum has secured the necessary funds to move forward. Set to transform a former German WWII bunker carved into the banks of Blåvand, Denmark, the 2,500 square meter museum will include four independent institutions: a bunker museum, an amber museum, a history museum and a special exhibitions gallery.

"Contrary to the existing closed concrete lump, the new museum will, in its architecture, function as an open heart integrated into the landscape,” Bjarke Ingels described. “The museum is in every way the opposite of the militant history with its more closed, dark and heavy features.”

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Aarhus Harbour

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has won a competition to design a landmark urban sculpture in Aarhus Harbour, a new district in Denmark's second largest city. The tower, shaped like a "sharp origami cut," is designed to "celebrating vision and social encounters at the edge of the water." Made of welded steel plates, the structure will be manufactured in a shipyard before being sailed to site. 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater

A team led by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre in Hjørring, Denmark. Once complete in 2016, the 4,200 square meter building will act as a new and vibrant cultural hub within the city. 

International School Ikast Brande / CF Moller

  • Architects: CF Moller
  • Location: Ikast, Denmark
  • Landscape architect: C.F. Møller Landscape
  • Engineer: Midtconsult
  • Contractor: KPC
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Martin Schubert, Julian Weyer

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert

Trylletromler / Fabric Architecture

  • Architects: Fabric Architecture
  • Location: Rosenborg Castle, 1350 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Design Team: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn; project team: Greta Mozzachiodi, Guillermo Lavernia, Charlotte Simpson and Ida Fløche Moller
  • Construction Team: MOELVEN Denmark A/S, Copenhagen Technical College
  • Client: Danish Architects Association, DAA Copenhagen department
  • Photographs: Walter Herfst

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Danish National Maritime Museum Permanent Exhibition / Kossmann.dejong

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Video / Superflex: A Cool Urban Space

"Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.

A public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was developed by artists’ group Superflex in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Topotek1. The park was officially opened in June 2012.

In this interview two members of Superflex, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, tell us about the ideas behind the project, and how it came about as an extreme example of citizen inclusion and collaboration: "We found it interesting to look at this very diverse group of people in regard to culture, social standing, nationality, etc., and then see it as a rich and significant foundation for impacting the area these people live in."

More after the break.

Syd Energi Headquarters / GPP Arkitekter

  • Architects: GPP Arkitekter
  • Location: Vilsundvej, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • General Contractor: Hoffmann A/S
  • Engineer: Esbensen (installations), Sloth Møller (construction)
  • Landscaping: Thing &WainøApS
  • Advisor to SydEnergi Holding A/S: Johansson &Kalstrup A/S
  • Area: 11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Syd Energi

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Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG by George Messaritakis

Some days ago we featured BIG's Danish National Maritime Museum, the 17,500 sqm below ground museum. We now have more photos taken by photographer George Messaritakis. You can check them all after the break.

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BIG's David Zahle Talks Sustainability

David Zahle, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Lead Architect on the recently opened Danish National Maritime Museum, spoke to Mies. UK earlier this year. The practice, widely known for its creative approach to the issue of sustainability (sustainability should be experienced rather than hidden), recently won an an international competition to design a new Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen. 

Read more and watch the interview after the break...

Gas Kompressor Station Egtved / C. F. Møller Architects

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